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  • Virginia State Senator Richard “Dick” Black’s views concerning spousal rape have been in the media spotlight recently, as he runs for Virginia’s 13th district seat in the House of Representatives. 

    In 2002, Black was quoted espousing a whole host of myths about sexual assault, saying:

    “I do not know how on Earth you could validly get a conviction of a husband-wife rape where they’re living together, sleeping in the same bed, she’s in a nightie and so forth, there’s no injury, there’s no separation or anything.”

  • At the time of the 50th anniversary of the "War on Poverty" famously declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a new report released by The Shriver Report, A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, is bringing media attention to the issues of women and poverty that Legal Momentum has long championed.

  • In a development reminiscent of the well-known schoolyard taunt, the U.S. Marines are seeking to eliminate the so-called “girl pull-up” from the fitness tests they have been using for new female recruits. Under the old standard, formally known as the “flexed arm hang,” female recruits were required to hold their chins above the pull-up bar for at least 15 seconds. Under the new standard, implementation of which is presently delayed, they must do at least three pull-ups in order to pass the Marines’ basic fitness test.

  • Legal Momentum announces that Elizabeth Grayer has decided to step down as President in order to pursue another opportunity.  Her term ended on December 31, 2013, but Elizabeth has graciously agreed to act as a consultant to Legal Momentum until a new President is identified. The board has asked Lynn Hecht Schafran, Senior Vice President and Director of Legal Momentum's National Judicial Education Program, to assume the role of Acting President. 

  • Legal Momentum mourns the death of Nobel prize winner Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, political prisoner, and

  • The Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing this morning on

  • As part of its observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) today rolled out its official workplace domestic violence policy for employees.  Legal Momentum's Vice President for Government Relations, Lisalyn Jacobs, was on hand for the occasion.

  • Legal Momentum has filed an Amicus Brief in the United States Supreme Court in the case of Township of Mt. Holly et al. vs. Mt. Holly Gardens et al. on behalf of Legal Momentum, Futures Without Violence, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the NOW Foundation, and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Several Legal Momentum staff members were involved in writing the brief. Tim Casey, director of Legal Momentum's Women and Poverty program, is the counsel of record on the brief.

  • In a major victory for all California victims of intimate partner abuse, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday outlawing employment discrimination against victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The new law prohibits employers from discharging, refusing to rehire, or treating differently any employee on the grounds of that employee’s status as a victim.

  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is 35 years old this month. A lot has changed in those 35 years with more women entering the workforce and achieving high positions in many fields. However, pregnancy discrimination continues and the struggle for pregnancy rights and protections goes on.